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Keighley Cycling for Life expo to precede Tour de France Grand Départ

Chance for local people to find out what they need to get into cycling

The Cycling For Life exhibition Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley on Saturday, June 28 is another event inspired by the Tour de France Grand Départ. Organised by Keighley Film Club, it will provide information on all aspects of cycling to local people have been who inspired to get into cycling either as a form of fun, convenient transport or with an eye on the sportier aspects of riding.

The expo is part of the 100-day build up to the Tour de France and accompanies Keighley Film Club’s Cycling Film Festival on the race weekend. It’s the first such event at the venue, and thought to be the first in the region.

Tour-related events in the area are being coordinated by Worth The Tour, a community group that aims to showcase the Aire & Worth valleys. Stage two of the Tour passes through Keighley and the Worth Valley before making its way into Calderdale via Hebden Bridge. The route includes, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope.

For the Cycling for Life expo, Keighley Film Club and Worth the Tour are inviting enquiries from retail, official and voluntary bodies that promote different aspects of cycling. The event will offer a range of services such as education, training, maintenance, off road riding, cycle clubs, safety, sports events, bikes and equipment and road craft.

Alan Watkinson, deputy chairman of the film club, said: “The attraction of the world’s biggest sporting event, involving as it does communities along the route of Le Tour, has captivated enthusiasts. This will make Yorkshire the number one tourist destination at the beginning of July.

“We want to inspire those people who are interested in cycling – maybe because of all the excitement around Le Tour – but who’ve not even got one leg over a cycle yet!”

Any organisation that wants further information or wishes to register an interest is should contact Alan on 01535 604748 and leave their email address.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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